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ANSEP Brings More Than 100 Students from Across the State to University of Alaska for STEM Career Explorations This Summer

05-Jun-2014

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – This June, Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) is hosting two five-day STEM Career Explorations sessions, benefiting more than 100 students from across the state. ANSEP has brought the students to the University of Alaska Anchorage to take part in hands-on learning exercises and discover the many opportunities available in STEM fields.  

To be eligible for the program, students must have previously attended ANSEP’s Middle School Academy and maintained grades that adhere to ANSEP’s strict academic standards. More than 100 students from such communities as King Salmon to Anchorage, Kotzebue to Juneau, were admitted into the highly selective intensive.

A total of 107 students from Anchorage, Aniak, Bethel, Chugiak, Dillingham, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Fort Yukon, Galena, Juneau, King Salmon, Kipnuk, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Kwigillingok, Mountain Village, Nikiski, Nome, Nunapitchuk, Palmer, Seldovia, Seward, Soldotna, Wainwright, Wasilla and White Mountain were chosen to participate in the 2014 STEM Career Explorations program.

“Our STEM Career Explorations component is an unparalleled opportunity for Alaska students,” said ANSEP Founder and Vice Provost Dr. Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder. “ANSEP continues to demonstrate its ability to effect real change in the hiring patterns of Alaskans in STEM career fields, and the STEM Career Explorations component supports this effort by helping students understand the opportunities that exist for them and bolstering their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Each session takes place during a five-day week, during which time STEM Career Exploration students participate in daily activities on topics such as terrestrial photogrammetry, engineering and how to create a 3-D building with geolocation. Students are also given a chance to take part in evening activities including a planetarium visit.

In addition to the obvious educational benefits provided by ANSEP, students who are part of the program are also given valuable opportunities to continue to familiarize themselves with the UAA campus and the rigors of college life.  Students will also benefit and learn from a supportive network of like-minded peers.

To learn more about ANSEP, visit www.ansep.net.

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